Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. The earliest recorded use of acupuncture dates from 2000 BCE. Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine — a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as “Qi” flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the surface of the skin.
In addition to history intake, the acupuncturist may take your pulse at several points along the wrist and look at the shape, color, and coating of your tongue. The acupuncturist may also look at the color and texture of your skin, your posture, and other physical characteristics that offer clues to your health.
Acupuncture is known to treat a wide range of disorders including:
- Neurological conditions such as headaches, migraines, difficulty sleeping, nervous tension, stroke, some forms of deafness, facial and intercostal neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia, some forms of paralysis, sequelae of poliomyelitis, peripheral neuropathy, noises in the ears, dizziness, and Meniere’s disease.
- Cardiovascular disorders such as high or low blood pressure, fluid retention, chest pain, angina pectoris, poor circulation, cold hands and feet, and muscle cramps.
- Respiratory conditions such as bronchial asthma, acute and chronic bronchitis, acute tonsillitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, hay fever, chronic cough, laryngitis, sore throat, influenza and the common cold.
- Digestive system disorders such as toothache, post-extraction pain, gingivitis, mouth ulcers, hiccough, spasms of the esophagus, gastric and duodenal ulcers, gastric hyperacidity, gastritis, heartburn, hiatus hernia syndrome, flatulence, paralytic ileus, colitis, diarrhea, constipation, hemorrhoids, liver and gallbladder disorders, and weight control.
- Urogenital disorders such as cystitis, prostatitis, low sexual vitality, urinary retention, kidney disorders, nocturnal enuresis, and neurogenic bladder dysfunction.
- Gynecological and obstetric disorders such as premenstrual tension, painful, heavy or irregular, or the absence of periods, abnormal uterine bleeding or discharge, hormonal disturbances, disorders associated with menopause, prolapse of the uterus or bladder, difficulty with conception, and morning sickness.
- Skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, nerve rash, herpes zoster, acne, scar tissue and resultant adhesions, hair loss and dandruff.
- Eye conditions such as visual disorders, red, sore, itchy or watery eyes, conjunctivitis, simple cataracts, myopia in children, and central retinitis.
- Musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoarthritis, sciatica, lumbago, weak back, low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, tenosynovitis, shoulder and neck pain, cervicobrachial syndrome, ‘frozen shoulder’, and ‘tennis elbow’.
- Sporting injuries such as sprained ankles and knees, cartilage problems, corking and tearing of muscles, torn ligaments and bruises.
- Psychological conditions such as depression, phobias, emotional disturbances, anxiety, nervousness and addictions such as smoking.
Research also found that acupuncture works on vascular as well as neurological levels. By promoting better circulation and nerve function, many acute and chronic medical ailments can be effectively alleviated and even diminished. If you have any of the above symptoms, or even something that is not listed here and you are wondering if acupuncture may be a good alternative, just give us a call to schedule a free consultation with our doctor.
Acupressure is an ancient therapy developed over 5,000 years ago as an important aspect of Asian. It is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It uses precise finger placement and pressure over Acupuncture points along the body to promote internal circulation, thus improve health and wellness.
Please check our calendar for the next Acupressure class taught by our medical director.
Auricular Therapy is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine which utilizes acupuncture needles or tiny herbal seeds called Wang Bu Liu Xing Zi to stimulate reflex points associated with internal functions.
The theory behind auricular acupuncture is based on the idea that the ear is a microsystem with the entire body represented on the outer portion of the ear. With numerous studies to back up this theory, the modern development of auricular therapy is now widely accepted by both alternatives as well as mainstream medical doctors.
Here at 1st Choice Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine our auricular therapy follows the system developed by a renown modern auricular medicine doctor Dr. Huang Li-Chun. Her revolutionized theory and practice is far more effective than the French system which is being taught at most acupuncture institutes in the US and Europe.
Auricular therapy is usually done with tiny auricular needles, but we do offer a non-invasive treatment using small herbal seeds instead for younger adults or anyone who may be needle-sensitive.
Laser acupuncture offers a great alternative to traditional acupuncture especially among younger children and sensitive types in which the regular needles are not suitable. Instead of using acupuncture needles, we use the industry’s best laser probe to administer low-level laser onto acupuncture points to treat various medical ailments. Our laser probe is a Class IIIb laser device that is very safe to use on the skin. There’s no needling sensation when applied and since the laser beam is pulsed usually no heat sensation can be felt. It is extremely safe for younger children to experience their first acupucture sessions without the fear of ‘getting shots’.
LLLT or Lower Level Laser Therapy has been researched and applied medically for over three decades. It is now a relatively new alternative to regular acupuncture therapy until recent years. Due to its many advantages including painless sensation during the session as well as its clinical efficacy, it has gradually gained more and more popularity in Asian and European countries.
Moxibustion is a process of burning the mugwort, or Ai Ye on acupuncture point in order to promote health and wellbeing. Mugwort has long been recognized as one of the best herbal medicine to invigorate the blood circulation and warms up the interior. It is particularly indicated for those who have a chronic allergy, or those suffer from bad circulation with cold extremities.
Nutritional therapy is one of the most important aspects of Chinese Medicine. During our session, we would give dietary suggestion to our patients simply because it is truly a key to optimum health.
Schedule an appointment for a nutritional consultation today and begin your healing journey with your next meal.
Our body is not just composed of matter, like muscles, bones, and blood. There’s something else that Traditional Chinese Medicine discovered 5,000 years ago. It is called Qi, or Chi in Mandarin.
Qi is the non substantial matter that circulates in our body in order to keep us alive, to make our body function. With roots in Chinese medicine, martial arts, and philosophy, qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance qi or what has been translated as “intrinsic life energy”. Through the practice of Qigong, one is able to develop human potential, allow access to higher realms of awareness, and awaken one’s “true nature”. Qigong is now practiced throughout China and worldwide, and is considered by some to be exercise, and by others to be a type of alternative medicine or meditative practice.
According to a recent study in Japan, Qigong practice can prolong one’s life for as long as twenty years! Qigong’s literal translation means the practice of air dynamics in the body. It is a practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation.
At 1st Choice Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine, we use guided Qigong meditation to help our patients to free up the stagnant energy flow which often time is the main cause for many ailments such as body ache and pain. We also teach Qigong exercises to our patients in order to help them build up their own energy. We deeply believe in self-healing and everyone has the ability to do so. To ‘activate’ this mechanism, Qigong is the key. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!